Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sir, Yes, Sir!

Today we had Jasmine Brent, from the New Zealand Defence Force, here to talk to our Year 11-13 students about possible career paths for their futures. Thank you for giving those interested an insight into different opportunities available, and for the helpful advice on how to access those opportunities.

A special thank you to Mrs Burton, our careers advisor, for organising this. If you didn't get chance to come down, you can find information on their Facebook page 'Defence Careers', or pick up an information pack from Mrs Burton.

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The Trip of a Lifetime

One of our lucky Year 13 students, Tyla Bishop, has been selected for the trip of a lifetime to Montana, USA. During this amazing agricultural trip, organised by Young Farmers, she will learn all about different styles of farming, whilst living with a host family on their ranch!

Tyler has been working hard on a dairy farm over summer to help pay for the trip, and now she needs OUR HELP! Tyler will be holding a raffle on Monday 25th (see photo below for all the exciting prizes!) to raise some money for the trip. Tickets are just $2, which can be bought from the school office.

Let's support our whanua and help get Tyla to Montana!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Calling all Coaches

We are looking for someone to coach our Netball teams...do you have what it takes?! We are looking for a coach for all grades, please email Rachel Fowler at rfowler@stkevins.school.nz for more information.

Senior netball trials will be held this Thursday (21st) and next Tuesday (26th) on the new turf, any questions email Mrs Fowler.

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Meet our Marvelous Matrons

Raelene and Lou, our Matrons for the girl's and boy's hostels, have been busy away planning something very exciting for our boarders! Starting this weekend the boarders will have a special dinner with their year group and family...a wonderful chance for everyone to get to know each other better, whilst enjoying some tasty food!
This weekend we look forward to hosting Year 9 and 10 whanua. Thank you marvelous Matrons!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Last evenings showers followed by today's sunny weather have left our fields in excellent condition for our annual Athletic Sports. The view from the Magee Lawn is a patchwork of house colours at each of the various track and field events dotted around the grounds. It was good to see a number of caregivers joining us for the day and enjoying a picnic on the grounds.

House Prefects are showing their leadership skills by motivating and supporting students to actively participate in the day. The inter-house 100m event is always a highlight of the day and as usual, were fiercely contested. 



Congratulations to Whyte House, who were the overall winners on the day. Thank you to Mr Smith for organising the event and thanks also to our staff and student leaders who have ensured that the event has run so smoothly.

Congratulations to those students who received awards at Wednesday's Excellence Assembly. There are more details in the linked blog post>>

Congratulations also to those students who had such strong games in the Aoraki Secondary Schools Tennis Championships this week. Thank you to Dr Maret for your organisation and support of students and caregivers.
Next week we look forward to the Roncalli College summer exchange.

Finally, caregivers should have received an email from The Christian Brother's Leadership Team, detailing the transfer of proprietorship to the Dunedin Diocese. After several years of planning, this is scheduled to take place at midyear. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the process, which will place us in a stronger and more sustainable governance position going into the future.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Excellence Assembly

On Wednesday, we celebrated the academic success of our students in the 2018 NCEA and Cambridge Examinations. We had 17 Year 13 students receiving academic blues for gaining an Excellence Endorsement in NCEA Level 2 and 27 for Level 1. It is pleasing to see so many students achieving a merit or excellence endorsement. It is a credit to both our students and your whanau.

Thank you to the parents and extended family who attended to support our young achievers as they were acknowledged. We are all very proud of their achievements.

Debbie's Equestrian Clinic

We are very excited to have Debbie Nelson, New Zealand's well-known Dressage Coach, at our school today. Debbie has been giving our Equestrian Programme girls some incredible one to one riding coaching!

The clinic was an excellent opportunity for us to utilise our facilities and support other local riders. Thank you, Debbie, for taking the time to share your knowledge and skills. Special thanks must go to Janelle Gibson, our very own Equestrian Coach, for organising this incredible day! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On Your Mark...Get Set...Go!

Yesterday kicked off our SKC Athletics Sports for 2019 with the 3000m run. Thanks to all students who took part, staff who helped things RUN smoothly and to Mrs Plunkett for taking the photos.

We will be having a full athletics day on Friday where SKC Home + School will be selling food and drinks, so don't forget to bring some cash and help us raise some money!

See our 'St Kevin's Sport' Facebook page for more photos of the run!  

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Safety First!

A group of Year 12 and 13 students are completing a 2 day First Aid, Health and Safety Course with Pro+Med NZ Ltd, as an essential part of their Gateway courses. During these vocational courses the students will be doing training and work experience out in the community, in various fields like Building, Electrical, Farming and Early Childhood Care.

Throughout the First Aid, Health and Safety course students have gained vital knowledge and skills which will ensure the safety of themselves and others when out on the worksite, knowing how to help if an accident does occur.

Our school will certainly be a safer place now with these young men around and we thank Pro+Med NZ Ltd for their valuable input.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Waitangi Day at the Lakes

Thank you to Mr Fowler and the Hostel Team for organising a stunning Waitangi Day at the lakes for the boarding community. A barbeque followed by relaxing on the beach, swimming or boating meant there was something for everyone.

The annual trip was a great opportunity for building friendships and meeting parents. Thanks to those who provided boats. We appreciate your help and support.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cricket nets put to the test

The newly installed cricket nets situated at the corner of our new Tiger Turf were put through their paces this evening by the talented young players of the North Otago junior cricket squad.
The nets are retractable and combine with effectively with specialist cricket surfaces designed for both batter and bowler. The facility is available to our community and may be booked by contacting our sports coordinator Sarah Clapperton sclapperton@stkevins.school.nz

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Welcome back to the new College year.
I am pleased to report that we have had a smooth start with 455 students enrolled, of which 72 are in the boarding hostel.
Yesterday we held our Prefects Investiture Mass and took the class photographs. Today we moved into the routine of normally scheduled classes. Thank you to Mr Gower, our timetabler, who has been working tirelessly to resolve classes clashes and to our Deans who have given guidance and support.

Next week we look forward to meeting our new to school caregivers at the Meet the Teacher Evening on Thursday the 7th of February in the College Library at 7pm.

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May God bless you all
Paul Olsen, Principal